An 80-year-old retired priest allegedly bit an ear off another elderly clergyman during a violent brawl.
The punch-up broke out on Friday afternoon in a Dianella complex in Perth in Australia, which houses three retired Catholic priests.
Father Thomas Henry Byrne appeared in court yesterday charged with grievous bodily harm over the incident involving his neighbour, 81-year-old Father Thomas Joseph Cameron Smith. According to police, after the brawl
Father Byrne told Father Smith to pick up an item up on the ground. It was not until Father Smith returned to his unit that he realised the item he had picked up and put in his pocket was his right ear.
Father Smith wrapped his ear in a tea towel and drove to Dianella Medical Centre, where staff phoned for an ambulance and alerted police.
He remained in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital yesterday after surgery to save the ear.
Father Byrne sported a black eye when he appeared in East Perth Magistrates Court yesterday morning where he did not make a plea.
Police prosecutor Chris Lawler said Father Byrne did not have a police record but he had concerns for the safety of the victim if bail was approved.
“They live in the same complex but they are both funded by the Catholic Church,” he told the court.
Magistrate Greg Benn imposed strict bail conditions on Father Byrne, including not going within 10m of Father Smith, nor acting in a violent or threatening manner towards him or attempting to communicate with him.
It is not easy to compare the Catholic ear bite in Australia, with anything relevant from the religious world.
But in the boxing ring we once saw something similar.
During the match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear.
For the retired Catholic priests, the World of God should not have been unknown stuff.
We all remember that Jesus quoted from the Tannak (Old Testament),
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
It is regrettable that Catholic priests rather follow the example of Mike Tyson, than of Jesus the Messiah.
We now fore sure that Mike Tyson at times were not controllable, and was even accused of rape. And we also know that many Catholic priest turns raving mad at their old age, having served the devil in the name of “Jesus” since their time at theological collage.
Praise Jesus who expose both the rapist and ear biters in the Roman Catholic Church, and even perverts in the boxing arena.
Written by Ivar